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Subject: Pressure Cooker
Date Posted: 3/8/2008 12:20 AM ET
Member Since: 9/29/2005
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I got a pressure cooker for my B-Day because I always wanted one.  I thought they were pretty cool.  Now that I got it - I need to use it.

Anyone have some beginner pressure cooker recipes??

Subject: Favorite Chili Recipe
Date Posted: 3/9/2008 10:39 AM ET
Member Since: 2/27/2008
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Pressure Cooker Chili
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2004
Show:  Good Eats
Episode:  The Big Chili
3 pounds stew meat (beef, pork, and/or lamb)
2 teaspoons peanut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 (12-ounce) bottle of beer, preferably a medium ale
1 (16-ounce) container salsa
30 tortilla chips
2 chipotle peppers canned in adobo sauce, chopped
1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from the chipotle peppers in adobo)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Place the meat in a large mixing bowl and toss with the peanut oil and salt. Set aside.

Heat a 6-quart heavy-bottomed pressure cooker over high heat until hot. Add the meat in 3 or 4 batches and brown on all sides, approximately 2 minutes per batch. Once each batch is browned, place the meat in a clean large bowl.

Once all of the meat is browned, add the beer to the cooker to deglaze the pot.
Scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the meat back to the pressure cooker along with the salsa, tortilla chips, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, tomato paste, chili powder, and ground cumin and stir to combine. Lock the lid in place according to the manufacturer's instructions. When the steam begins to hiss out of the cooker, reduce the heat to low, just enough to maintain a very weak whistle. Cook for 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and carefully release the steam. Serve immediately.


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Date Posted: 3/18/2008 9:18 PM ET
Member Since: 12/20/2005
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Sherrie, ever since my mother had one explode on her I have been afraid to use them.  Good luck and follow the directions on using the darn thing!  I'm into crock pots myself.  ;)

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 11:45 PM ET
Member Since: 5/31/2006
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DH got one for Christmas and he is using it.  He's using a book called Pressure Perfect by Lorna Sass. You may want to see if the library has it.  (I was on a WL for a long time and got an ARC from another swap site.)  But I don't remember specifically what recipes we've used.

Subject: I use a pressure cooker a lot
Date Posted: 3/27/2008 1:27 PM ET
Member Since: 3/22/2008
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You can find great recipies from the Presto web site.... I like that you can throw in the food and eat a good meal in 20 minutes. Boneless chicken breasts take 8 minutes. Custard takes about 2 minutes. Porcupine meatballs take about 6 minutes. You cab chop potatoes and onions, throw in a couple chopped beef hot dogs and add some italian salad dressing... 3 minutes later a hot potatoe salad fit for a meal. I cook chicken breasts in orange juice and it steams the flavor right in...


Date Posted: 3/30/2008 4:28 PM ET
Member Since: 7/24/2005
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I use my pressure cooker very, very often.  My mother used one before me and I'm now on my second pressure cooker.   I've heard of people having them explode.  My sister-in-law said hers did.  However, after many years of use, I sincerely believe that if you make sure your sealing gasket is good, and you don't turn the burner on high and go off and leave the pressure cooker cooking (i.e., building up too much pressure), you should be okay. 

On Friday, I floured and salted/peppered some pieces of round steak and then browned them in the pressure cooker pot (without the lid, of course).  Then I added some water and put the pressure cooker's lid on and let the pressure build up until the Pressure Regulator was rocking gently and cooked it for about 15 minutes and then turned off the burner.  I rarely release the steam (pressure) manually unless I'm in a big hurry.  Usually just do other meal prep while the pressure reduces on its own.  Then, after I later removed the lid, I turned the burner back on and added a small amount of flour/water to the liquid to make a gravy and corrected the seasonings.  You do this in the cooker pot but do not put the lid back on.

 Today, I served this steak/gravy over rice to my husband he he loved it!  Everything cooked in a pressure cooker seems to be more flavorful and the meats are always SO tender.